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To maintain the cooperative nature of Arctic relations, governance structures—like the Arctic Council—must be properly supported.

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The Arctic is a region of cooperation. Entities like the Arctic Council, the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, and the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and agreements like the International Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean are essential to maintaining cooperation between the Arctic nations, and non-Arctic nations, in the face of global geopolitical trends. The Polar Institute analyzes the effectiveness of current governance structures, and researches ways to help improve these existing structures.